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Fairmont Hot Springs, 5 Things That Make It A Perfect Escape

Fairmont Hot Springs, 5 Things That Make It A Perfect Escape

Fairmont Hot Springs is a small town in British Columbia. While they do have year-round residents, the number of timeshares and rentals available are abundant. Despite being a small town it does have plenty to keep you busy while visiting, whether in town or within a short driving distance. We spent a week there in June 2018, and there was plenty to do, we were never left bored.
Fairmont Hot Springs, 5 Things that make it a perfect escape
Fairmont Hot Springs, 5 Things that make it a perfect escape

The Resort and RV Park

The Resort and campground are a-joined and they both have plenty to offer. The camp group gave my kids lots of room to ride their bikes and play at the playground. – Big H even taught himself to ride a two-wheeler. – The hotel itself has an excellent restaurant. And they both boast beautiful mountain views. You also get a discount on entry to the hot springs. When staying in Fairmont this is where you want to stay.

The Hot Springs

The town is named aptly, as they are known for their Hot Springs. A big beautiful pool, 3 actually with a lap pool, a dive tank and a “hot pool”. If you’re staying at the resort you have access to a more private smaller pool as well. These Hot springs are the largest in Canada and have been around for over 100 years. They are drained nightly and filled every morning (during peak months) and they an absolute joy to soak in. The water is full of minerals that do great things for your body as well.

Activity and Experience Center

Also at the hot springs resort offer daily activities for kids and families. They also have rentals for those who may be interested, and day camps for the kids during the summer month.

HooDoo Mountain

This a relatively short hike, 3 km round trip, just a short drive from Fairmont. The walk itself does have a few steeper section but nothing too strenuous. We did it as a family, including my mother in law who suffers from lupus, and my 5, 7, and 1 year old(stroller)sons. We also had two small dogs, one of which is a senior. The trail is well marked. Well travelled and the parking lot is large so no excuses! The views at the top are worth it anyways.

Invermere

Invermere is not far from Fairmont and it itself has a ton to offer. We made a drive here a couple of times to restock on some groceries, and to sneak in some ice cream while the kids were with their grandparents. While not actually part of Fairmont it is worth making the journey.
As you can see there are tons to do in the area, even more, when you drive to the nearby towns. Miles and miles of potential hiking, tons of wildlife and the panoramic mountain views are certainly nothing to complain about.
Have you spent any time in  Fairmont Hot Springs? Let me know your favourite part below.
Posted by Jenn in Travel, 7 comments
Feeling Nostalgic in the 90’s with Aqua

Feeling Nostalgic in the 90’s with Aqua

When Aqua announced their 90s Rewind tour my friend, C, and I immediately knew we wanted to go. We were unable to secure presale tickets so we online trying to buy tickets the second they came available. No luck. So we stalked the buy and sell pages and resale sites, desperately hoping to scoop up a pair. We checked all the surrounding area concerts as well.

With a mere two week left before the concert, out chances were looking meek. Then, while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed one day I say SWOOP airlines was advertising flights to Abbotsford. We knew from our search for tickets that they also had an Abbotsford tour stop. After figuring out the logistics we booked the flights.

SWOOP

From Edmonton(YEG) to Abbotsford(YXX) the flights were approximately $48 CAD return. This price included all taxes. That being said, having only launched 6 months ago, SWOOP is a new discount airline. Included in the $48 is nothing. No snacks. No checked bag. No seat selection. And most importantly no carry-on. You are allowed a small personal item provided it fits under the seat in front of you. We opted to not bring any luggage with us and took our chances on the seat selection.

24 hours before our flight we checked in online and took the seats assigned to us. Total flight time was under 1 1/2 each way. This was the first time I had ever flown with a budget airline and I was impressed that low budget didn’t mean sub-par. The plane (I believe it was the same each way) was clean and in great condition. I have paid much more, for much much worse.

 

Feeling Nostalgic In The 90's with Aqua
Feeling Nostalgic in the 90's with Aqua

Abbotsford

We spent the afternoon exploring the city of Abbotsford. Mostly we drove around, it was raining, but the charm was evident. The craft breweries and wineries we around every corner. Downtown is full of historic buildings, – they were even filming a Hallmark Christmas movie while we were there – and the markets with fresh vegetables we plentiful. The surrounding mountains would provide an abundance of hiking, provided I was with different company.

AQUA

This was the entire reason for this trip. The Aqua 90s rewind concert. The opening acts were Whigfield and Prozzäk. I only knew one song for Whigfield she sang it like it was 1998 and it was incredible. Prozzäk, who I was almost as excited for as Aqua, was disappointing. Their microphones seemed almost too loud and it was hard to understand them. We actually stepped outside during the performance and you could hear them more clearly from outside the building.

Between each act, they had a Much Music Video Dance. Man did that bring back memories. The throwback music had the whole crowd dancing all night. There wasn’t a single song that we went singing along with.

Finally, the moment we were waiting for. Aqua. Their concert offered everything we were hoping for. A night back in the 90s. We sing and dance to all the hits. From Barbie girl to Candy Man. Towards the end of the show, they started to perform their remixes, which was not something usually I usually enjoy, but the energy of the band and the crowd was something you couldn’t help but enjoy.

Time to go home

Alas, it was time to go home. With only 24 hours in the town of Abbotsford, we didn’t get a lot of time to explore. I did, however, have time to compile a list of things I would like to do on my return. I am already looking at SWOOP for flights and planning the return trip.

Posted by Jenn in Lifestyle, Lifestyle Review, Travel, 12 comments